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CHEMCHINA FILES FOR U.S. ANTITRUST APPROVAL

ChemChina last week filed for antitrust approval with the FTC for its $43 billion deal to buy Syngenta. ChemChina expects the U.S. antitrust process to “be on track,” and has already been cleared by a U.S. national security panel. The deal won antitrust consent in Australia, but the EU antitrust review was extended until April… read more

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STABLE SEED PRICES

A top executive at Monsanto Tuesday suggested the company expects 2016 corn seed price increases only in the low single digit gains, similar to their plans last year at planting time.  He said soybean pricing plans will be released at later date.

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BAYER-DUPONT DEAL

Wall Street Journal says Bayer AG’s crop-science unit has signed an agreement to buy certain crop-protection and land-management assets from DuPont. Through the acquisition, Bayer will be able to offer a broad range of products for weed control for farming.

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ACTIVIST GOES AFTER AGRIUM

Activist investor ValueAct Capital Management LP on Friday disclosed a 5.7% stake in Canadian fertilizer giant Agrium Inc. Agrium recently beat back another U.S. activist, Jana Partners LLC, which had sought board seats as it argued Agrium should separate its retail operations.

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DuPONT UPDATE

Activist investor Nelson Peltz is calling for a split-up of DuPont.  Peltz sent the board a letter and white paper giving suggestions on how he thinks the chemicals-and-seed company “could significantly improve…financial performance” and double the stock price within 3 years.  DuPont/Pioneer seeds is owned by DuPont.

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SEED PRICES

Purdue University ag economist David Widmar says seed expenses reached record levels in 2014. Given the outlook of even lower corn prices in 2015, the long-standing trend for higher absolute seed expenses seems to be at a point where it may face significant challenges.  

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